Art Exhibits

Exhibits at the Garden

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens hosts many art and sculpture exhibits throughout the season. Learn more about the current and upcoming exhibits below.

Beautiful Maine by Erica Qualey

Sunday, May 1-Thursday, July 14
The Market

Erica Qualey’s enchanting watercolors evoke recollections of space and time, comfort and peace. She considers herself a visual storyteller looking for the balance between realism and fantasy to depict what memories would look like. Her landscapes are award-winning, and her florals stunning. Her work is truly dreamy, yet remains grounded in reality.

Becorns by David M. Bird

Sunday, May 1-Thursday, July 14
The Market

Bird’s fantastic photographs depict his handmade acorn characters interacting with animals and insects in nature. First he builds his “Becorns,” and then sets them up in the wild, waiting for the perfect shot! The viewer finds them in a myriad of whimsical situations: feeding birds, defending themselves against squirrels, or dancing with bees, just to name a few. This exhibit is sweet and FUN! The entire family will be delighted!

Painting Nature by Whitney River

Sunday, May 1-Thursday, July 14
Café Dining Room

River’s poetic paintings and drawings invite the viewer to share the artist’s appreciation for the intricate details found in nature. Through close observation and realistic rendering of organic forms, she creates meditative compositions that evoke the human experience. Pop into the rotunda dining room in the Café building to enjoy this striking, must-see exhibit.

Whitney River’s artistic process begins with a deliberate openness to and awareness of the visual world. As she explores the visual potential of the form in two dimensions, she is delighted by the first moment of recognition. The creative process enables her to decipher, through form and image, the layers of reality at work beneath the surface of consciousness. Removing objects from their natural context and arranging them in a new environment, they develop new associations. The simplicity of these compositions emphasize the way the organic forms interact with each other and the space around them.

Gardens of Maine by Pastel Society of Maine

Sunday, May 1- Thursday, July 14
Bosarge Family Education Center

This exquisite show includes a select group of beautiful pastel paintings depicting flora, gardens, and the Maine landscape. The exhibit coincides with the Pastel Society of Maine’s outdoor demonstrations and adult and youth pastel workshops held on Saturday, May 28. A reception for the artists will be held on the same day, from 3:30-4:30.

Wild Ecology by Vanessa Nesvig

Friday, July 15-Thursday, September 1
Bosarge Family Education Center

Wild Ecology is a series rooted in research and observation of native plants and the ecosystems they engender. It shows the struggle and the relationships between animals and plants in a beautiful, yet hectic, world that is essential to all of us. As with naturalists of past centuries, Nesvig hopes to inspire conservation and stewardship in the viewer.

Hand Carved Flowers in Wood by David Pollock

Friday, July 15-Monday, October 17
Café Dining Room

David Pollock’s intricately carved flowers are truly beautiful! Pollock is a full-time professional sculptor who has been working exclusively in hardwoods for over 40 years. After spending much of his career making and designing utilitarian home- and kitchenware, he has returned to his first love–carving botanical forms. His process consists of hand-guided bandsawing, hand-carving, and sanding solid pieces of wood. There is no bending of the wood in any way. All pieces are one-of-a-kind, highly finished and begging to be touched.

Pangea Mosaics by Cassie Doyon

Friday, July 15-Monday, October 17
The Market

The sculptural wall pieces by Cassie Doyon push the boundaries of traditional mosaics. While most mosaics are structured and planned, Cassie’s involve spontaneity and serendipity. Found objects and elements of nature often make an appearance in her work. Look closely to find pebbles, bone, bits of metal, and other surprises.

Cassie Doyon works in mixed media with a focus on mosaics. She uses a variety of materials, including natural, foraged, and found items such as sea glass, bone, driftwood, and stone. Her use of color is widely variable, from muted earth tones to bright, psychedelic hues. Mosaics tend to be structured and planned; Cassie often incorporates spontaneity and serendipity within her pieces, focusing on surface design and pushing the boundaries of sculpture with unconventional, re-purposed materials. Much of her artwork is abstract in style and form, reflecting a lifelong interest in tribal art and artifacts from around the world. The ocean has also been a powerful, repetitive theme through most every piece of art; Cassie creates “color and texture memories” of places she’s visited over the years, exploring macro- and micro-environments in nature.

Annual Photography Club Exhibit: Garden Friends

Friday, September 2- Monday, October 17
Bosarge Family Education Center

Visit the Bosarge Family Education building to see the 2022 Photography Club exhibit. The Photography Club exhibits annually, and this year’s subject focuses on all the beautiful and interesting creatures that visit, enjoy, and pollinate the Gardens. Don’t miss this fun and charming exhibit!